GlobalGirl Media launched with great success and international support during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and Los Angeles and has since trained 90 reporters from bureaus in Los Angeles, California, South Africa and Morocco. GGM students have produced approximately 125 video features using traditional camera/sound, 85 mobile journalism pieces on iPod touch and 180 blog reports that found distribution through multi media platforms including web, television broadcast, cell phones, radio and social media and were seen by millions in the United States and Internationally. Most GGM students had never written a news story or blog, conducted an interview, held a camera, worked sound equipment, or shot and edited digital pieces on a digital device prior to participating in GGM’s Academies and News Bureaus. Approximately 80% had limited or no computer or intern experience.
Living Lens has a track record of delivering successful projects to some of the most marginalised women worldwide.
Our projects change perceptions and allow people to contribute, ‘People who don’t know us probably think we’re trouble makers and we go out stealing, but when they see the video… and think they’ve made that, they’ll probably look at us in a different light’. Christian was part of a group at risk of offending. Ch.4 broadcast a film on this project.
Our projects increase participation and confidence. Sonia from focUS project: “ I used to get really nervous, but now it’s like I can say anything I like. I really appreciate that, being able to speak and being able to express my view, because before I didn’t like it… My teachers used to say, ‘We know you’ve got good ideas – just put your hand up!’..And now I can’t wait for Year 13 so I can say, ‘Now I’ve got a view!’
Our projects transform lives; a woman who’d been trafficked into forced prostitution took part in Fresh Start:
‘It boosted my trust, I had problem trusting people, this has changed my perspective.’